Reader Submission: Shea Butter and Witch Hazel Soap

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I LOVE these homemade soap photographs sent in by Marilyn, one of much appreciated and amazing blog readers. Marilyn created the homemade soap pictured using my Homemade Shea Butter & Witch Hazel Soap Recipe. Aren't they just beautiful? They remind me of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

I LOVE these homemade soap photographs sent in by Marilyn, one of much appreciated and amazing blog readers. Marilyn created the homemade soap pictured using my Homemade Shea Butter & Witch Hazel Soap Recipe. Aren’t they just beautiful? They remind me of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Following are Marilyn’s comments on my shea butter & witch hazel soap recipe.

“Oh my, I’m so impatient. I couldn’t wait to check the soap qualities. What a luxurious stable lather! …I haven’t soaped with Witch Hazel, or sesame oil before. Wow, this Is a keeper, for sure. I’ve made other recipes with a similar fatty acid profile but what makes this so incredibly luxurious? Do you think it’s really the witch hazel? Or the high percentage of Shea butter? Or I’ve never soaped with sesame oil?  Would love to try the exact same recipe without the witch hazel, because if that’s the secret, then mountain rose has something pretty special.”

To answer her question I feel like it’s simply a combination of the ingredients chosen that made this one a keeper, even if it’s a bit tough to make. But the witch hazel does add a unique feel I haven’t ever quite achieved with other homemade soap recipes. The witch hazel that both Marilyn and I used for this particular homemade soap recipe can be found at Mountain Rose Herbs here. Or learn how to make your own homemade shea butter and witch hazel soap now with homemade recipe here.

For more of my homemade soap recipes, including my new favorite luxury double butter soap recipe, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board on Pinterest. Or, if you’re interested in making palm free cold process soap, you can find my collection of palm free cold process soap recipes here. And, if you’re a first timer, you can learn how to make cold process soap from scratch here.


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Palm Free Soap Recipes

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This traditional Castile soap recipe is made using 100% olive oil and is scented with natural basil, lemongrass and rosemary essential oils.Why Palm Free Soap Recipes?

Traditionally, one of the main ingredients of cold process soap has been palm oil. However, as the use of palm oil has increased primarily due to its cheap price and wide availability, there has been controversy within the soapmaking community regarding its use. Production of palm oil in Southeast Asia has resulted in not only the depletion of the rain forest which is being torn down to create palm plantations, but it also threatens endangered animals like orangutans and Sumatran tigers who call these rain forests home. Some soapmakers choose not to use palm oil at all because of this, while others choose to purchase only sustainable palm oil that is given oversight from state and third party environmental programs such as EcoSocial and the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.

Because palm oil is so cheap, many commercial products are made using palm oil including soaps and stearic acid – a common ingredient in lotions. Shortening is also made with palm oil or a combination of palm oil and other oils. The popular brand, Crisco, now uses palm oil for its shortening in place of what was originally cottonseed oil.

As my goal with this blog is to provide information and recipes, I leave the decision of whether or not to use or not use palm oil up to you. However, should you choose to omit palm oil from your cold process soap recipes, I’m providing this collection of fifteen of my homemade cold process palm free soap recipes.

A collection of cold process palm free soap recipes for soapmakers who wish to make homemade cold process soaps without palm oil.

Homemade Palm Free Soap Recipes

1. Homemade Green Tea and Turmeric Soap Recipe – This homemade green tea & turmeric palm free soap recipe harnesses green tea’s anti-oxidant properties with turmeric’s anti-acne & skin lightening properties.

2. Homemade Peppermint & Patchouli Castile Soap Recipe – This homemade peppermint & patchouli Castile soap recipe lends a fun twist to a basic Castile soap recipe with Hawaiian alaea salt and midnight black clay.

3. Coconut Oil Facial Soap Recipe for Acne Prone Skin – This coconut oil facial soap recipe for acne prone skin combines ingredients known for their acne fighting properties to help skin acne free!

4. Spicy Pepper & Patchouli Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe – This cold process palm free soap recipe is scented with spicy pepper and patchouli, clove and cinnamon essential oils for a soap suitable for either sex.

A collection of cold process palm free soap recipes for soapmakers who wish to make homemade cold process soaps without palm oil.

5. Castile Soap Recipe with Bee Pollen Powder – This homemade Castile soap recipe is made with bee pollen powder which has skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

6. Cold Process Wine Soap Recipe – This fun cold process wine soap recipe is a creative way to use up that leftover wine that’s sat in the fridge too long or simply wasn’t too your liking.

7. Homemade Bacon Soap Recipe for Men – This homemade bacon palm free soap recipe is made with real bacon fat and yields a hard, extra conditioning soap that can either smell like bacon or any other scent of your choice!

8. Nuts Over You Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe – This nuts over you homemade cold process palm free soap reecipe is all about nut oils! And you’d be hard pressed to get a homemade soap bar any nuttier than this one!

A collection of cold process palm free soap recipes for soapmakers who wish to make homemade cold process soaps without palm oil.

9. Cold Process Macadamia Nut Salt Bar Soap Recipe – This fabulous homemade macadamia nut salt bar soap recipe is made with a generous percentage of moisturizing macadamia nut oil and natural sea salt.

10. Naughty Kitty Palm Free Cold Process Soap Recipe – My Naughty Kitty cold process palm free soap recipe is made using Australian Midnight Black Clay known for its detoxifying and conditioning properties.

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11. Green Tea & Agave Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe – This green tea & agave homemade cold process palm free soap recipe is formulated with skin conditioning oils and boasts the anti-oxidant power of natural green tea.

12. Ginger and Lime Homemade Shampoo Bar Recipe with Silk – This homemade shampoo bar recipe is scented with a summery blend of lime & ginger and contains silk and hair nourishing argan, jojoba oils and shea butter!

13. Natural Handmade Activated Charcoal Facial Soap Recipe – This natural activated charcoal soap recipe contains activated charcoal to help detox skin and keep it blemish free. It also contains natural algae and lavender and tea tree essential oils.

14. Natural Homemade Patchouli Crunch Soap Recipe – This homemade patchouli soap recipe is perfect for the hippie in you! It contains a naturally exfoliating “granola crunch” and patchouli essential oil.

15. Traditional Castile Soap Recipe – This traditional Castile soap recipe is made using 100% olive oil and is scented with natural basil, lemongrass and rosemary essential oils.

Looking for a simple beginner soap recipe too try? Then give my beginner’s cold process soap recipe a try. This homemade soap recipe contains just three inexpensive ingredients that can be easily sourced at most grocery stores. And, there’s both a palm and a palm free version. Find the recipe here. Or go here for my tutorial on how to make cold process soap from scratch. Or go here to learn how to use a lye calculator to create your own custom cold process soap recipe.

For even more homemade soap recipes and palm free homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking and DIY Bath and Body boards on Pinterest. Or keep up with all of my new homemade soap, bath and beauty recipes by following me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Homemade Lanolin Skin Care Recipes

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Learn all about the benefits of lanolin and discover sixteen fantastic homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect and moisturize skin all winter long!

Learn about the benefits of lanolin and discover sixteen fantastic homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect and moisturize skin all winter long!

What is lanolin and what benefits can be gained from lanolin in skin care applications?

So, what is lanolin? Lanolin is a naturally occurring wax that is secreted by the glands of sheep and other wool bearing animals that helps them shed water from their coats. When sheep are sheared in order to use their wool for textiles such as yarn or felt, the wool is first run through rollers in order to extract the lanolin. Because lanolin is very similar in composition to the oils secreted by our own skin it’s able to provide a protective moisture barrier when used in skin care products. It acts as an excellent moisturizer and skin smoother as it’s capable of not only penetrating the outer layers of our own skin while still allowing it to breathe, but it is also a humectant able to attract and absorb up to 300% water.

According to Wikipedia lanolin is superior to both petroleum and glycerin with its emollient effects lasting for an eight hour period after the first application and up to 72 hours after a fifth day of consecutive use. Therefore this natural skin salve is perfect for severely dry and cracked skin, eczema and psoriasis. Convinced? Then check out my collection of sixteen homemade lanolin skin care recipes below to discover what are sure to become a few of your new favorites!

Homemade Neem Oil and Bee Pollen Skin Cream Recipe

Homemade lanolin skin care recipes to nurture and nourish skin through winter.

1. Healing Winter Body Balm Recipe (plus a snowflake label tutorial!)
2. Homemade Chocolate Orange Body Butter Recipe and Sugar Scrub Recipe
3. Cinnamon Sugar Homemade Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe
4. Vanilla & Fig Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe
5. Natural Rosemary & Neem Oil Foot Salve Recipe
6. Natural Lanolin & Neem Salve Recipe
7. Natural Lanolin Shaving Soap Recipe
8. Handmade Natural Lanolin Salve Recipe

Learn all about the benefits of lanolin and discover sixteen fantastic homemade lanolin skin care recipes that can help to protect and moisturize skin all winter long!

9. Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips Dupe
10. Merlot Tinted Lip Balm Recipe with Lanolin
11. Bee Pollen Soap Recipe with Lanolin
12. Heal and Protect Winter Lip Balm Recipe with Lanolin
13. Neem Oil and Bee Pollen Skin Cream Recipe with Lanolin
14. Lemon Verbena Body Butter Recipe with Lanolin
15. Non-greasy Lavender Body Butter Recipe with Lanolin
16. Vanilla & Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe with Lanolin

If you like these homemade lanolin skin care recipes, then you’ll also love my natural neem oil skin care recipes. (Found here.) Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest for even more fabulous natural homemade skin care recipes including homemade soap recipes, homemade salves, body butter and sugar scrub recipes! You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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DIY Star Wars Melt and Pour Soaps

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Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

DIY Star Wars Melt & Pour Soap Tutorial

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

19.4 oz. Crafter’s Choice (or similar) clear basic melt and pour soap base
9.75 oz. Crafter’s Choice (or similar) white basic melt and pour soap base
1/2 teaspoon Australian Midnight Black Clay
.37 oz. skin safe fragrance oil, of choice
Crafter’s Choice (or similar) Neon Bikini Blue Soap Color Bar, 1/8th square
Crafter’s Choice (or similar) Neon Pink Pleasure Soap Color Bar, 1/8th square
Crafter’s Choice (or similar) Black Sparkle Soap Color Bar, 1 square
Diamond Dust mica powder

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

Tools & Supplies:

Millennium Falcon & X-Wing Star Wars Silicone Mold
Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold
spray bottle with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
cutting board
utensils for stirring
Chef’s knife
digital scale
microwave

Instructions:

This DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial will yield six soap bars. It is important to note I used a basic, rather than a natural soap base, as the natural soap base tended to cool too quickly for neatly made soaps. However, you can experiment with other bases if you’d like and it’s quite likely you may have more patience and a steadier hand than me. Also important to note is that with a natural soap base, the clay will not sink to the bottom – which will become the top of your DIY Star Wars soap embeds – as it does in the basic soap base so the final appearance will differ.

 Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

To make your DIY Star Wars soaps, you’ll begin by making the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing soap embeds.

We will make the X-Wing soap embeds first. To do this, use a digital scale to weigh out 4.95 oz. of white melt and pour soap base. Using a Chef’s knife, cut it into chunks and place inside a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Remove the soap from the microwave using towel to grasp the handle of the measuring cup in case it’s hot, stir and add 1/8th chunk of one square of the pink pleasure soap color bar. Heat an additional 20-30 seconds until the soap is melted completely, watching to make sure it does not boil, then remove from the microwave and stir again until all of the color has dissolved and is evenly distributed. Now measure out and add 1/4 teaspoon of Australian Midnight Black Clay and stir well.

Allow the soap to cool slightly, then weigh out .01 oz. of the fragrance oil you’ve chosen to use. Add the fragrance oil to the melted soap base and stir well.

Set your Star Wars silicone mold onto a cutting board. Now slowly pour the melted soap evenly into all three of the Star Wars X-Wing mold cavities.

Next, spritz the top of the soaps you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

You will now make the Millennium Falcon soap embeds.

To do this, use a digital scale to weigh out 4.8 oz. of white melt and pour soap base. Using a Chef’s knife, cut it into chunks and place inside a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Remove the soap from the microwave using towel to grasp the handle of the measuring cup in case it’s hot, stir and add 1/8th chunk of one square of the neon bikini blue soap color bar. Heat an additional 20-30 seconds until the soap is melted completely, watching to make sure it does not boil, then remove from the microwave and stir again until all of the color has dissolved and is evenly distributed. Now measure out and add 1/4 teaspoon of Australian Midnight Black Clay and stir well.

Allow the soap to cool slightly, then weigh out .01 oz. of the fragrance oil you’ve chosen to use. Add the fragrance oil to the melted soap base and stir well.

Now slowly pour the melted soap evenly into the remaining three Star Wars Millennium Falcon mold cavities.

Next, spritz the top of the soaps you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then using the cutting board for transport, transfer your soap filled mold into the refrigerator.

You will now start on the base for your DIY Star Wars melt and pour soaps. To do this, begin by placing the 6-cavity rectangular mold onto a cutting board or small cookie sheet, then begin preparing the soap for this mold.

Weigh out 19.4 oz. of the clear melt and pour soap base. Using a Chef’s knife, cut it into chunks and place inside a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Remove and stir. Repeat until the soap is almost completely melted then add one square of the black sparkle soap color bar. Stir well, then continue heating in 30 second increments, stirring in between heatings, until the soap is melted completely.

Remove the melted soap carefully from the microwave and allow the soap to cool slightly. Now weigh out .35 oz. of fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap base.

You’ll now pour the melted soap evenly into each of the six mold cavities so each mold cavity is about halfway full. (DON’T fill the molds all the way up!)

Now spritz the top of the soaps you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles and use the cutting board for transport to place your soap filled mold into the refrigerator.

Once the refrigerated soap has solidified and cooled completely, remove both of the molds from the refrigerator.

Carefully remove all of the X-Wing and Millennium Falcon Star Wars soap embeds from the mold and set on a flat surface.

Using your finger as a brush, “paint” the tops of each of the soaps with the Diamond Dust mica until the tops are covered. They do not need to be evenly covered. This will make the tops look like metal. Gently blow the tops of the soap to remove any excess mica.

Now set each of your Star Wars soap embeds into each of the six cavities of your rectangular mold so that one edge of each of the X-Wing soap embeds and the Millennium Falcon soap embeds are set outside of the mold cavity and on top of the edge of the mold.

Re-heat the remaining black tinted soap base from earlier just until it is smooth and fully melted again. If you overheat the soap, allow it to cool slightly. Otherwise the soap may cause the Star Wars soap embeds to bleed.

Now pour all of the remaining black tinted soap into the six rectangular mold cavities that contain the Star Wars ships until they are full.

Spritz the top of the soaps you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles and again use the cutting board for transport to place your soap filled mold into the refrigerator.

Once your DIY Star Wars melt and pour soaps have solidified and cooled completely they are ready!

Simply remove them from the silicone mold.

If your DIY Star Wars melt and pour soaps have fingerprints where you removed them, simply spritz the outside of the finished soaps with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry. This will give them a glossy finish and remove any fingerprints. It will also add to the metallic look of the ships.

Now wrap your finished soaps in food service film and gift to your friends and family!

Learn how to make your own DIY Star Wars inspired soaps with this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial that creates fun Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter shaped soaps soaring through the galaxy!

If you liked this DIY Star Wars soap project, then you may also want to consider this collection of seven silicone Star Wars soap molds here. Not only will this save you money by purchasing them as a set, but it will also give you more options for creating your own DIY Star Wars soaps. You can buy this collection of Star Wars soap molds from Amazon here. (Shipping is free if you’re an Amazon Prime member. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member you can sign up here.)

To figure out how much soap you need for your new Star Wars soap molds, simply melt down some of your melt and pour soap base and pour it into one cavity of the new mold. You’ll then use your digital scale to weigh out the amount of soap that cavity will hold. From there you’d use simple math to determine how much base to use for the number of DIY Star Wars soaps you’d like to make. Fragrance oil is typically used at about 2% of the soap weight. Therefore to determine the amount of fragrance oil you’d need simply multiply the weight of your soap base by 2% or .02.

This Star Wars Jelly Soap Recipe features miniature Millennium Falcons and heart shaped jelly soaps. These make wonderful DIY Valentine's Day gifts for any Star Wars fan! Plus they're really easy to make and require minimal ingredients.

If you liked this DIY Star Wars melt and pour soap tutorial you may also like my DIY Star Wars jelly soap recipe. My Star Wars jelly soap recipe features miniature Millennium Falcons – that use the same mold as this project – and heart shaped jelly soaps that jiggle just like Jell-O. These make wonderful DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for any Star Wars fan! Plus they’re really easy to make and require minimal ingredients. You can find my jelly soap recipe here.

For more of my homemade melt and pour soap recipes as well as other bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to follow me on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Darling Dachshund Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

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This darling dachshund melt and pour soap recipe is perfect for dachshund lovers who must have everything dachshund! You know who you are. (wink.)

This darling dachshund melt and pour soap recipe is perfect for dachshund lovers who must have everything dachshund! You know who you are. (wink.) I’m one of those people too.

Jasper the Dachshund - Follow his snarky remarks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jasperandjude

This is my dachshund, Jasper. He’s currently very displeased I’ve put him on a diet – ie. no more cheese on his food – but alas he’s seven now and a bit pudgy. He does act as though I’m starving him however, as he looks at his dog dish, then back again at me wondering what’s going on. While there is food in his dish, – Blue Buffalo even! – he seems to have a certain disdain towards the lack of extras dusting the top and pretends his dish is indeed quite empty.  But enough about Jasper.

This easy dachshund melt and pour soap recipe does make a fantastic gift for any dog lover, but most especially us dachshund lovers. I’ve scented it with a combination fragrance blend of chocolate fragrance oil and lavender essential oil, and used a brown sparkle soap color bar to give the dachshund soap embed in the center a bit more visual interest.

This darling dachshund melt and pour soap recipe is perfect for dachshund lovers who must have everything dachshund! You know who you are. (wink.) I'm one of those people too.

Chocolate & Lavender Dachshund Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3 oz. Crafter’s Choice (or similar) clear basic melt and pour soap base
21 oz. Crafter’s Choice (or similar) white basic melt and pour soap base
.05 oz. Crafter’s Choice (or similar) chocolate fragrance oil
.2 oz. lavender essential oil
Crafter’s Choice (or similar) brown sparkle color bar, 1/8th of one square
Crafter’s Choice (or similar) neon purple playdate soap color bar, 1 square

Tools & Supplies:

Dachshund Shaped Ice Cube Tray
Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold
spray bottle with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
cutting board
utensils for stirring
Chef’s knife
digital scale
microwave

Instructions:

This dachshund melt and pour soap recipe will yield six soap bars. It is important to note I used a basic, rather than a natural soap base, as the natural soap base tended to cool too quickly for neatly made soaps. However, you can experiment with other bases if you’d like and it’s quite likely you may have more patience and a steadier hand than me.

To make your dachshund soaps, you’ll begin by making the dachshund embeds for this dachshund melt and pour soap recipe. To do this, use a digital scale to weigh out 3 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base. Using a Chef’s knife, cut it into chunks and place inside a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Remove the soap from the microwave using towel to grasp the handle of the measuring cup in case it’s hot, stir and add 1/8th chunk of the brown sparkle color bar. Heat an additional 20-30 seconds until the soap is melted completely, watching to make sure it does not boil, then remove from the microwave and stir again until all of the color has dissolved and is evenly distributed.

Allow the soap to cool slightly, then weigh out the chocolate fragrance oil. Add the fragrance oil to the melted soap base and stir well.

This darling dachshund melt and pour soap recipe is perfect for dachshund lovers who must have everything dachshund! You know who you are. (wink.) I'm one of those people too.

Next, place your dachshund silicone mold onto a cutting board. Then pour the brown sparkle colored soap evenly into six of the dachshund shaped mold cavities.

Spritz the tops of the dachshund soaps with alcohol to remove any air bubbles, then place the mold into the refrigerator using the cutting board for transport to prevent spills.

Once your dachshund soaps have hardened and cooled completely, remove from mold from the refrigerator. Now gently remove the dachshund shaped soaps from the mold.

This darling dachshund melt and pour soap recipe is perfect for dachshund lovers who must have everything dachshund! You know who you are. (wink.) I'm one of those people too.

Place the 6-cavity rectangular mold onto the cutting board or small cookie sheet. Then proceed by placing one dachshund soap into each of the six cavities of this mold.

How to make easy melt and pour soaps.

This darling dachshund melt and pour soap recipe is perfect for dachshund lovers who must have everything dachshund! You know who you are. (wink.) I'm one of those people too.

Now weigh out 21 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Cut into cubes and combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Melt the soap in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each heating, until almost completely melted. Add one square of the purple soap color and continue the process until the soap and color have melted completely. Stir well so the color is evenly incorporated throughout the soap base.

This darling dachshund melt and pour soap recipe is perfect for dachshund lovers who must have everything dachshund! You know who you are. (wink.) I'm one of those people too.

Allow the white soap base to cool a bit. (Pouring this soap too hot can cause some of the color from the dachshund embeds to escape into the surrounding purple tinted soap.) Once the soap base has cooled a bit, weigh out and stir in the lavender essential oil.

Spritz the tops of the dachshund soap embeds with alcohol.

This darling dachshund melt and pour soap recipe is perfect for dachshund lovers who must have everything dachshund! You know who you are. (wink.) I'm one of those people too.

Now slowly and carefully pour this soap base into the 6-cavity rectangular soap mold over and around the dachshund soap embeds. To help keep any soap from pooling under the dachshund embeds, I pushed my dachshund soap embeds into the mold cavities as I poured the soap until it was just under the height of the dachshunds. Then I went back and filled the mold cavities the rest of the way with the purple tinted soap.

Finally, spritz the tops of the soaps you just poured with alcohol to remove any air bubbles then place in the refrigerator.

This darling dachshund melt and pour soap recipe is perfect for dachshund lovers who must have everything dachshund! You know who you are. (wink.) I'm one of those people too.

Once your dachshund melt and pour soap bars have solidified and cooled completely, remove them from the refrigerator. Then carefully remove each bar from the 6-cavity rectangular mold.

Wrap your soaps tightly with food service film then pair with my DIY Conversation Heart Soaps and gift to your favorite dachshund lover(s) this Valentine’s Day!

For more DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas also be sure to check out my Valentine’s Day heart jelly soap recipe – that jiggles like Jell-O! – along with 18 more DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas here. Or discover even more DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas by following my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebook, TwitterG+ and Instagram.


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